Sunday, April 01, 2012

CBS Sunday Morning on April 1, 2012

Charles Osgood introduced the stories for April 1, 2012. Medical devices that save lives, but how dependable are they? Jim Axelrod does the cover story. Dr. Howser and the FDA. The FDA's oversight of medical devices. Anthony Mason interviews Patti Smith. Tracy Smith on Zac Efron, The Lucky One. Mo Rocca on April Fools Day. Faux Real; Nuclear Fusion. Headlines: Myanmar (Burma) election. Largest MegaMillions lottery. 656 million. Steven Martino of the Maryland lottery. Chances of winning: 1 in 176 million. Coast Guard launches rescue off San Francisco. Today is Palm Sunday. Light dimming for climate change. Kansas v. Kentucky. National Weather Service: unsurvivable, mass devastation. Weather: rainy and cool.

Fewer than 1% of medical devices fail. Joshua Ukroff was patient of Dr. Robert Howser, Abbott Northwestern. ICD, cardiac defibrillator. March 2005, Joshua took a biking trip in Utah, and died. The ICD had shorted out. Dr. Howser studied data on the Guidant ICD. Tens of thousands of users of the defibrillator. Boston Scientific took over Guidant later. Howser found problems at the FDA. Guidant had filed with FDA in August 2004, listing problems with the defibrillator. Marcia Cross at Government Accountability Office. The FDA had the reports of 26 adverse events prior to Joshua's death. GAO listed FDA system as high risk for mismanagement. High risk medical devices. 22 types of devices remain without proper regulations. Metal on metal artificial hips; 500,000 patients can be affected. Companies are allowed to supplement on a previously approved device. David Nexton of Medical Device trade group, AdvaMed. Post-market surveillance? There is no absolute requirement to actively seek out problems. Institute of Medicines of National Academies: need a method that provides reasonable assurance of effectiveness. Issue: is 2/10s of 1% good enough. FDA refused CBS request for on-camera interview. Issue of cracking and shorter leads. 13 people died because of defective leads. Father of Joshua: somebody out there needs to be looking out for us.

Almanac. April 1, 1891, Wrigley chewing gum. William Wrigley. 1921 the Wrigley Building, and majority control of Chicago Cubs. He died in 1932. Big Red. The Cubs were sold in 1981. In 2008, Mars bought the Wrigley Company. This Thursday is the Cubs' home opener.

Fake works of Picasso, William Adolf Bogerau. Forgery exhibition opening on April 1 at museum in Cincinnati. Landis offers forgery. Matthew Lanager. Exercise due diligence. From PopDecay: Mark A. Landis, who has dressed as a Jesuit priest or posed as a wealthy donor driving up in a red Cadillac, apparently never took money for his forgeries and has never been arrested.
Now his “works” have been collected into their own tongue-in-cheek exhibit, called Faux Real and opening on April Fools’ Day at the University of Cincinnati.
Educating people about forgery and letting people know about Landis “is the only way to stop him,” said Mark Tullos, director of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, La., which was duped in 2010 with a donation of a painting supposedly by American Charles Courtney Curran.

Zac Efron in Hairspray, now "The Lucky One." Efron is now 24. In 2006, "High School Musical." Logan Tebow. Nicholas Sparks novel. The smallest thing can change your life. Zac could sing any song, memorize lyrics. At age 12, part in Gypsy. Zac got an agent. A gun shot victim on ER. A child on FireFly. "High School Musical". Album is number one on iTunes. Best selling album in 2006. But Zac's voice was not used in the songs in the first movie. Link Larkin in Hairspray. "Me and Orson Wells." Charlie St. Cloud.

Alternative energy project in California. David Pogue on Nova. Imagine 192 laser beams focussed on tiny capsule. 3.5 billion tax dollars, National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Livermore. Ed Moses is a director of NIF. A decade away from showing commercial. One year away from showing feasibility. MaryLia Kelley: Tri-Valley CAREs. US taxpayers have payed 7 billion. Moses: if the Wright Brothers had flown a week later, would we care? 1.9 Megajoules. A world free of the need of carbon.

Steve Hartman story on Taylor Wilson recycled from CBS Evening News. See Taylor Wilson, fusion, and patents
At age 14, Taylor did nuclear fusion. Bill Grimsby of UNevada/Reno. A method to scan shipping containers for nuclear material. Also, cancer cure.

SundayPassage. Death of Earl Scruggs on Wednesday at age 88. Foggy Mountain Breakdown. in Bonnie and Clyde. Ballad of Jed Clampett. In 1969, antiwar demo in Washington. Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs on Late Night with David Letterman. Funeral services on April 1 in Nashville.

Anthony Mason on Patti Smith. New York nightclubs in early 1970s. Mustang of American rock. In 1975, album Horses. Because the Night. Smith turns 65 in December. Book "Just Kids." Relationship with Robert Maplethorp. When we met, we were both outsiders. Each others moral vests. Photographer Judy Lynn. image constructing photographs. Chelsea Hotel in 1969. Janis Joplin, Salvador Dali. A doll's house in the twilight zone. Isn't it wonderful when some things don't change. Married Fred Sonic Smith, and moved to Detroit. Michael Stype of REM. Patti returned to New York in 1996, Bob Dylan asked her to tour with Dylan. Smith: I'm just a born worker. It makes life so exciting.

Opinion. Conner Nighton. 3D movies. The extra D in 3D stands for dollars. This week Titantic comes back. As much as $20 per ticket. In February, Star Wars Phantom Menace. Future: Top Gun. Older movies were not meant to be shown in 3D. The motive is perfectly clear: commercial decision, not a creative one.

Pulse. 75% do not plan a prank for April Fools Day.

Mo Rocca begins with Grovers Mills, NJ. Oct. 1938 War of the Worlds. Charge iPod with onion and gatorade. Dihydrogen monoxide. Adam Savage: mythbuster. "Busted". YouTube: video - truth is like if in newspaper. Winged Dutchman video. If seed of truth, you are 80% there. You want it to be true. There's a sucker born every nanosecond. Chinese Rainbow Owl.

Patti Smith online at noon on April 1. Next week: botox.

Moment of nature. Pradaxa. Field of blue bonnets near Round Top, Texas. [another recycle]

***Separately, on CBS' marred coverage of the Kansas - Ohio State:

As for CBS, they get no such praise in failure. The network fell victim to the increasing Scorsese-ization of televised sports. Instead of showing a game with normal camera angles, directors are increasingly trying to use their dozens of different perspectives to show the game in a different way. This is why we get disorienting sky-cam shots during the game and obscured views of baseline cams while free throws are being shot. It's why networks cut to cheering fans after a made basket instead of showing the opponent start the break.

***During "Face the Nation," Joe Biden states the health care law is constitutional, and the Supreme Court will rule that way.


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